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at one point during that. you're a proud member of the nra but you're saying after the shooting in connecticut we need to do some stuff. >> first of my life did i ever think i would ever see children let's say babies and kindergarten get slaughtered. that has changed the dialogue and it should change it. how have we gotten to a culture of mass violence. whether if you're just going to say it's all about guns and we need gun changes and bans, then you're wrong. if you think it's all about -- >> schieffer: what do you need. >> we need a comprehensive approach. john and i are basically going to be spear headed and leading as far as cosponsoring a bill which is basically commission on mass violence, which i'm hoping the vice president would incorporate in his recommendations. you've got to have people with the expertise, people that understand mental illness. how do people get their hands on this weapon that has this. >> schieffer: let me ask you this senator. could you envision a ban on assault weapons and some of these larges magazines if that's part of it. >> if that's part of
centrists who are members of the n.r.a.-- and there are in fact lots of them-- they don't want to be called "the gun lobby." >> what's your take on that? >> i think there's also a non-washington piece to this. obviously, relations with congress on one side of the aisle are pretty poisoned right now. but also out in the i didn't the american people don't want to see this divisiveness. they want to see the president say i won the election, and now here's where we're going but we're going together. i recognize that we have differences that may be even deep, but first and foremost, we're americans. if you take something like immigration, for instance, i think this is something that could actually unite us again as a country because americans know that's who we are as a people. we're a country of immigrants. we've really benefitted tremendously from being able to tap human potential from all over the world. but you can't do it from the point of view of "i'm going to put this down and then you take it or leave it" because there are some deep divisive-- divisive issues within the immigration debat
: do you think the n.r.a. is now or less powerful than 20 years ago? >> i think they're equally as powerful. they're now supported by a lot of gun manufacturers. they've certainly extended their arm-- this morning's front page story in the "new york times" tells about their efforts to provide training and weapons to youngsters 8-15 years old. as a matter of fact, i saw a very young youngster with an ar-15 in the newspaper this morning. that's the same type weapon that was usedly at sandy hook school. i know what happened to the bodies at sandy hook school, and to have these weapons just floating around our society and particularly with youngsters who are by nature unpredictable, is a bit frightening. >> schieffer: let me ask you this. some people clearly see-- and i think they're sincere about it-- that they just feel this infringes on their rights and that this is the first step to taking their gun away from them. >> well, let me talk about rights for a minute. does a child have a right to be safe in school? does a law client when he goes into a law firm have a right to believe
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